Last week, I called the offices of Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Congressman Chris Chocola (R-IN 2nd) to ask about sending them my proposal for a real museum of the White House (you can find the link at right). The congressman’s local head of staff took my call immediately and requested the proposal by e-mail. The senator’s staff suggested I mail it physically to a local staff member. I got it professionally printed and spiral bound to look important, and today I sent it off.
I contacted the mayor’s office in South Bend several weeks ago and had a nice conversation with a member of his staff who had served on museum boards before. He was open to the idea but warned me that the city couldn’t bear the cost. I sent him the proposal by e-mail then, and copied him on the note to the congressman’s office.
And just now I called the local office of Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN). His local office head answered and was very helpful with suggestions of adding history and civics classes to the idea, which might also garner Department of Education funding. I sent her the proposal by e-mail also.
In all cases, the people I talked to were polite and helpful and took the proposal seriously. I’m hoping that their bosses take it the same way and I get some responses one way or the other.